David Cunliffe announced yesterday Labour’s intention to introduce a digital bill of rights which will establish four basic rights for people. There were four aspects mentioned:
Guaranteed access is a welcome proposal but is perhaps more of a logistical issue rather than a legal issue. My local library has free internet access through workstations as well as wifi available and ensuring that all local authorities provide similar access is one way to ensure everyone can access the Internet. This particular version of the right is well worth guaranteeing.
The right to protection from mass surveillance is long overdue. I expect the GCSB will not be in favour …
Restricting onselling of personal digital information is something that is long overdue.
Guaranteeing freedom of expression while preventing hate speech is potentially the most difficult issue. The inability to stop access to comments stored overseas will always be an issue although if a local blogger who claims popularity by running continuous click bait interspersed with the odd pit of National Research sourced scandal steps way out of line then there should be some remedy.
Overall I believe that this policy will be something that will meet with general approval. And it is interesting to see what Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party think of it.